Elections

It is wonderful to see out nation finally getting serious about elections. Thanks largely to the charisma of Khan, a number of groups including women and the educated classes are getting ready to cast their votes. It is refreshing. But I feel a little apprehensive too. I hope we all realize that

1. Every citizen of Pakistan has the right to vote for the candidate or party he likes. Just because someone is voting for a party or person you hate, does not give you the right to question his intelligence or assume that he is a rotten individual.

2. Every person and party is a combination of positives and negatives. So attempting to prove that the one you support is an angel and all the others have sold their souls to the devil is pretty lame and would always land you in an unending, senseless argument.

3. The most important thing at this juncture is that elections do take place and any government that comes to power completes its term. For the first time in our history we have had two consecutive governments that have completed five years in office, we must continue this trend, or we may never get such an opportunity.

4. There are a number of forces bent upon sabotaging the electoral process, we have to take a stand against them and support democracy; our support for any particular party is secondary.

5. Our responsibility does not end with the election results. As a democratic nation, we the people are the true rulers of Pakistan. We have to keep a check on the government and ensure that it works efficiently.

6. We must also ensure that the opposition plays its role and provides constructive criticism of government policies. An opposition that only badmouths the government in an attempt to quicken its downfall is extremely dangerous.

I hope that we mature as a nation quickly and avoid silly, illogical battles that have plagued us for so long.

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